|Monday Night RAW|
|Date||January 23, 2012|
|Venue||US Airways Center|
|Previous episode||January 16, 2012|
|Next episode||January 30, 2012|
Episode summary Edit
John Cena & CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger Edit
In an impromptu tag team match, John Cena and CM Punk immediately showed great teamwork in an effort to take out their frustrations with Mr. Laurinaitis. With momentum not in their favor, Ziggler and Swagger tried to regroup and re-strategize. With a combination of pure athleticism and show-boating, The All-American American and No. 1 contender to the WWE Title built a fair amount of momentum against Cena. But the fighting spirit deep within the Cenation leader overpowered Swagger with an Attitude Adjustment paving the way for the WWE Champion to get inside the squared circle. However, as The Voice of the Voiceless ascended the ropes to elbow drop Ziggler, Mr. Laurinaitis distracted Punk, allowing The Show-Off to capture the victory.
In response, CM Punk challenged the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations to a match tonight and Mr. Laurinaitis accepted!
Zack Ryder vs Kane Edit
The former United States Champion proved for a second week in a row that he is a true fighter. After losing the U.S. Title in part to injuries suffered at the hands of Kane one week prior, Long Island Iced-Z stood up against The Big Red Monster in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Still injured, Ryder tried to go after Kane early-on, but Kane quickly overpowered his opponent and targeted his injured ribs.
As Eve begged Kane to show mercy, it seemed to only enrage The Big Red Monster further. However, even as he took tortuous punishment, Ryder continued to kick out of Kane’s pinfall attempts. As they battled through the crowd, the two ring warriors made their way to the entrance area. After relentless punishment that left the WWE Universe cringing with every strike, Kane chokeslammed Ryder through the stage.
Brodus Clay vs Heath Slater Edit
The Funkasaurus continued to show that he had all the right moves and picked up a victory against Heath Slater on WWE Raw SuperShow. The Superstar hailing from Planet Funk made quick work of The One Man Southern Rock Band and immediately got back to getting his groove on. William Regal watched from the announce table, criticizing Clay’s every move. On SmackDown, Regal was unceremoniously decimated by The Funkasaurus after busting some moves of his own.
- Tag Team Match: Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger (w/ Vickie Guerrero) defeated CM Punk & John Cena
- Falls Count Anywhere Match: Kane vs. Zack Ryder (w/ Eve Torres) ended in a no contest
- Singles Match: Brodus Clay (with Naomi & Cameron) defeated Heath Slater